With the Wii 2 likely to be announced in just a couple months, rumors have begun circulating on when we can expect a similar debriefing from the other two console manufacturers. Turns out, 2014. At least that’s what sources are telling Kotaku, although any successes from Nintendo in the next generation could force that deadline into 2013. Analysts see motion control efforts from both Microsoft and Sony as an attempt to stretch the current console generation long enough for most household budgets to recover from the recession. No information on what we can expect from said future consoles has been given, but feel free to speculate at will.
“Both MS and Sony are telegraphing to each other that they’re delaying, to milk the current [generation] and fill in previous craters better,” commented one insider.
Another insider says that Microsoft “is wrestling with whether to be profitable on day one.”
“I think we’ll see a game of chicken between Sony and Microsoft,” industry analyst Billy Pidgeon of the firm M2 Research informed Kotaku. “Sony definitely isn’t launching a successor before 2014 and could stand to benefit by having Microsoft launch first as PS3 builds in to North America and builds a strong position in Europe. Microsoft claims there’s a lot more room in Xbox 360 for developers to max out, but here PS3 could have a strong advantage…If Nintendo does very well with the next console…Microsoft and Sony will quickly get a lot more serious about next generation.”
Is 2014 a good date for you to save up enough for the 8th console generation, E-Gs? Or do you think Nintendo’s Wii 2 will make this deadline evaporate? Predict in the comments section below!
2 thoughts on “Rumor: New Microsoft, Sony Consoles in 2014?”
Microsoft and Sony need to wait till 2014 at the earliest to release another console to recoup the costs of production of the last system (360 and PS3 respectively). Microsoft and Sony also have to continue to support their respective motion control systems that will be obsolete with the new system (resolution is one thing, and hardware of the units is another).
All these rumors are getting a little bit out of hand lately. I just want to see what pops up at E3 and be genuinely surprised (unlike the PSPgo announcement).
There’s no REASON for Sony to put out a new console before 2014. The PS3 is still going strong, growing in sales month to month and still hasn’t really been pushed to its limits by many of the titles on it.
The 360 on the other hand I could see being replaced soon, because the console is old hardware and in need of an update.
On an unrelated note, I could potentially see Sony having the controllers carry over to the new console and be compatible. As far as controller tech goes, unless they want to follow the Nintendo route and add a touch screen, there’s not much left to improve. I would really like to see the PS Eye, Move, and Dualshock 3 be compatible with the new sony console.
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